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25 April 2019 | Story Mamosa Makaya

Since 2016, the University of the Free State Center for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS) has received a grant from First National Bank worth R2 498 000, which supports tertiary bursaries for students with disabilities. Bursary holders are funded through CUADS, as the administrator of the bursaries.
  
These are students enrolled for various academic programmes who require academic assistance and/or assistive devices such as electronic handheld magnifiers, laptops, and hearing aids. The FNB grant also covers tuition, accommodation, study material and books, and meals.  The success of the grant is already evident, with one of the recipients having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in December 2018. A second student was capped at the April 2019 graduations with a BSc Honours in Quantity Surveying.
 
Supporting the principles of the ITP

The UFS received the grant from FNB in instalments, starting in the 2016 academic year to date, supporting the needs of 40 disabled students. This grant and the work of CUADS speaks to and supports the principles of the Integrated Transformation Plan (ITP), namely inclusivity, transformation, and diversity. The vision of the Universal Access work stream is to enable the UFS to create an environment where students with disabilities can experience all aspects of student life equal to their non-disabled peers. The ITP provides for the recognition of the rights of people with disabilities as an important lesson in social justice and an opportunity to reinforce university values.

The successful administration of the grant to benefit past and present students is a ‘feather in the cap’ of CUADS, and is a shining example of the impact of public private investment and the endless possibilities that open up when there is a commitment to developing future leaders in academic spaces, allowing them to thrive by creating a learning environment that is welcoming and empowering. 



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New Engineering Graphics Education classrooms
2014-02-19

 From the left are: Nixon Teis, lecturer; Johan Coetzee, discipline coordinator; Prof Okkie Combrinck, lecturer; Annamarie Otto, lecturer; Prof Sechaba Mahlomaholo, Head: School MNST; Albert Kemp, lecturer and Izak Scott, student assistant.

New Engineering Graphics Education classrooms enrich, empower and enhance education

This year, Technology Education at the university will embark on a new endeavour. The development of new Engineering Graphics Education classrooms and a Technology laboratory will help shape excellence in the work of future educational technology students. These classrooms will be equipped with the latest educational and technological equipment to meet the needs of current and future students.

The new expansion will form part of the current Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology (MNST) Education Building, situated across the road from the Winkie Direko Education Building. Technology education embarks on a journey to enrich, empower and enhance education students. It aims to ensure that students will not only evolve in their teaching profession, but also establish a level of excellence that will drive their generation to become Technology educational leaders in their community. The educational laboratories are set for completion during middle September 2014.

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